nasen will be increasing activity in Northern Ireland to provide support to all education professionals to enable them to identify and meet the needs of all pupils. This page will be updated regularly with news, resources and CPD opportunities for education professionals in Northern Ireland.
Latest news and updates:
A new (NI based) SEND Advisory Group was formed in October 2018. The group consists of a range of educational professionals, all with a passion for supporting children and young people with SEND. The members of the group come from a range of different backgrounds with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and experiences to support the work of nasen.
Member blog: how nasen has supported me in my role as a Learning Support Co-ordinator in Northern Ireland
Do you spend your time as a teacher or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) / Learning Support Co-ordinator (LSC) wrecking your brain for ways to meet the diverse needs of pupils with SEND? Or how often have you Googled something that starts with “How do I…” I know I certainly have!
FREE WEBCAST: How can teachers support the transition back to school for pupils with SEND?
nasen is pleased to release a free webcast titled “How can SENCOs respond to the COVID lockdown and transition back to school” to practitioners in Northern Ireland ahead of schools returning in August 2020.
This webcast will support SENCOs to help pupils with SEND transition as positively as possible back to school after the lockdown. It will cover aspects of mental health, wellbeing and how usual approaches may need to be adapted.
Please read the below foreword from the chair of the Northern Ireland Advisory Board, Brenda Montgomery before viewing the webcast:Foreword from the Northern Ireland Advisory Group Chair
These resources are available to education professionals in Northern Ireland for free, however to access these and other benefits, you must register as a bronze member with nasen, this membership level is free.
Thanks to Laura McClure (Teacher, EA Language and Communication Service) this reasonable adjustments resource has been adapted to support educational practitioners in Northern Ireland. This set of resources may be used by school/setting staff to support them in detailing reasonable adjustments for the children and young people in their class/classes.
Thanks to Lois Totton (Senior Lecturer, Stranmillis University College) and Dr Brenda Montgomery (Chair of the nasen Northern Ireland Advisory Group); this “Observing Learners” resource has been adapted to support educational professionals and practitioners in Northern Ireland. The resource provides guidance and suggestions about effective observation and how to use a range of observation techniques in a range of contexts to support learners including those with SEND.
Thanks to Maria Diffin Senco and Senior Leader at St Bernard’s Primary School for adapting and amending this resource. Included in this package of resources are some tools which SENCOs in Northern Ireland may use to support teachers with the challenge of making reasonable adjustments for the pupils in their classes.
Let us know your thoughts:
To ensure we are producing relevant, effective resources and support, we would like to hear directly from practitioners in Northern Ireland, please do utilise the feedback form to let us know what information, advice and resources you would like to see nasen develop in the near future.